Things to Consider and Stuff to Check Out

Avoid Brain Drain!

Studies have shown that students can lose 2 months of knowledge and growth from the school year through inactivity over the summer. Reading, using knowledge, and gaining new knowledge can help reduce that, or actually cause summer gains. The district’s reading lists are up on our school website already. As for other topics, consider checking out Khan Academy, specialized youtube channels, iTunes U, or a mooc or two.

Below, I’ve included some upcoming moocs you may find interesting. At the very bottom of the post, I’ve included a table of a variety of free online courses and content. Do something to stimulate your brain this summer.

Coursera:
Paradoxes of War, Advanced Competitive Strategy, Intro to Finance, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Open2Study:
Foundations of Psych, Food Nutrition & Your Health, Mining Engineering
FutureLearn:
Creative Coding, Forensic Psychology, Preparing for Uni
Canvas:
Inside the FIFA World Cup, Thinking Like a Writer, Math Refresh w/ College Tips

Articles related to MOOCs:

 

Some cool stuff to check out:

Code for America (includes Houston & San Antonio)
Regular people being involved in coding and coding events to make stuff better

Noiseless shell-shaped turbine, claiming an astounding 80% efficiency
for reference, estimate is ~15% efficiency on gasoline engines

ScribbleInk
A real life dropper tool; a pen that lets you steal colors in real life.

Graphene; the new super cool material
Super conductive, super strong, and super flexible- and could create a new wave of tech

Old, but still cool:
Best map ever made of America’s Racial Segregation
Just a really beautiful map, and interesting too; some tech went into creating it too

Some concerning stuff to check out:

Extinction Rates soar to 1000x normal rate
These numbers are a big increase from the previous estimates…

Smartphone/Computer Use Study
How much time do we spend each day staring at screens?
– Source: Mary Meeker’s report on 2014 Internet Trends

And with that concerning info about how much time we spend looking at digital screens, here’s a vast number of providers of free online courses you can check out…

 

More MOOC-ish Resources

Third Party Platforms
Coursera
Udacity
Canvas Network
Future Learn
CourseSites
Open2Study
P2PU
Aquent
MS Academy
EdX
Khan Academy
Saylor
iTunes U
NovoEd
iversity
UTI
Instreamia
Livemocha
DuoLingo
In Spanish
Miriada X
In French
Neodemia
In Russian
Universarium

In Sinhala
EduLanka

 

Aggregators 
Class-Central
MOOCs University
MOOC List
Food MOOCS
Academic Earth
SeniorVersity
Open Culture
CourseTalk

 

Platforms by Schools
Stanford
Duke
UCLA
Yale
OpenHPI
Harvard
Carnegie Mellon
UC Berkeley
MIT
OU of Israel
UoP
UNED
Earning College Credit
MOOC2Degree
WEU
In Chinese
OpenHPI
In Spanish
UPC X
In Vietnamese
GIAP School
Specifically for Educators
 Adobe Edu Exch NMC Academy

 

 

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